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definitive conclusions. our assessment at the present is in fact it began spontaneously in benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired hours earlier in cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. but soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in libya post-revolution. and that it spun from there into something much, much more violent. >> schieffer: but you do not agree with him that this was something that had been plotted out several months ago? >> we do not-- we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude this was premeditated or preplanned. >> schieffer: do you agree or disagree with him that al qaeda had some part in this? >> well, we'll have to find out that out. i think it's clear there were extremist elements that joined in and escalated the violence. whether they were al qaeda affiliate
, thank you. >>> there is a new controversy over the attack on the american consulate in benghazi. secretary of state hillary clinton seemed to suggest for the first time that al qaeda was behind the attack that killed the american ambassador to libya, but this morning the state department is saying hold on a moment. our good friend is here with us and margaret, this is an example where the state department does not like a story that is on the front page of the papers today. >> they do not. the secretary of state gave a speech about mali. two references to al qaeda and the group, and because of that "the new york times" wrote this story saying she is linking the two. senior aides to the secretary of state say she absolutely does not have the evidence to assert that link right now. remember, the fbi has to make the determination. they're still not in benghazi. the state department will say, though, that al qaeda called aqim very active in the region and they're up in arms coming from mali into libya and this is one of the countries where you have a new government that isn't fully i
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